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Panthers re-sign Mario Addison to 3-year contract

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers have re-signed defensive end Mario Addison to a three-year contract.

Financial terms were not available Sunday night.

Addison had a career-high 9 1/2 sacks last season for the Panthers, including eight in the final nine games.

Addison was set to become an unrestricted free agent. Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman says in a release that Addison ''has shown he is one of the best emerging pass rushers in the league and he deserves this contract.''

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Addison joined the Panthers in 2012 from Washington's practice squad and recorded 25 1/2 sacks with the team, including 22 over the past three seasons.

Adison says ''I'm just going to give it my all like I always have and continue to improve and develop into the player I know I can be.''


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